111 South Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60606 +1 312 948 8240
Whether you need to pick up breakfast on your way to work or just want to have a leisurely lunch or a casual dinner, this eatery will not disappoint you. The Townhouse Restaurant and Wine Bar provides contemporary American cuisine in a comfy ambience. You can pick up something for the road from the Café to Go or sit by the floor-to-ceiling window and enjoy your entrée. Tourists would like to know that the Civic Opera House and Sears Tower are just a stone's throw away.
440 West Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60606 +1 312 575 9900
If you need a stiff drink, what better place to get it than at Ghost Bar? It is a fabulous addition to the trendy and popular upscale area of the Loop. Get over here and mingle with the mostly uber-chic crowd and Hollywood celebrities who drop in sometimes. The DJ mainly plays dance music but get a heady dose of hip-hop, R&B and soul too. The bar reeks of sophistication and strong perfume. Private parties take precedence, but otherwise Ghost Bar is a fun place to unwind with the tabloid crowd.
615 West Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60661 +1 312 377 2002
Located in the Loop area of Chicago, Avec is a popular wine bar and restaurant. The menu features Mediterranean delights neatly arranged into four sections: small plates, large plates, salumi and cheese assortments. The informal menu concept allows patrons to mix and match dishes and create a meal of their choice. Accompanying the delicious cuisine is a beautifully curated wine list, which features moderately priced labels from the likes of Spain, Italy, France and Portugal. The unusual decor is tastefully simple featuring beautiful unstained wood throughout. Reservations are not accepted so make sure you are one of the early birds to drop by.
30 South Wacker Drive Chicago Mercantile Exchange Building Chicago, IL 60606 +1 312 559 1515
One of the most visited restaurants in the loop area, Rivers' cuisine has changed frequently and the characteristic feature of the food is the confluence of Continental and American cuisine. Guests can dine at the open deck during warmer months. Rivers House Salad with Mesclun Greens and Grilled lamb Chops with Creamy Polenta are fresh and inviting. But do start with the Roasted Corn Soup, which is twice worth its price . The dessert options range from Tiramisu to Flourless Chocolate Cake. Single Malt Scotches, Port and Sherry wines make for a good accompaniment. Since all the theatres are in the restaurant's vicinity, it's usually a good bet to extend your outing by combining a theatre visit with Rivers.
151 East Wacker Drive Hyatt Regency Hotel Chicago, IL 60601 +1 312 239 4544
If you're looking for a bit of LA in Chicago, then this trendy club is the place to get down and get dirty. Located at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, it's as downtown as you can get. As you enter, you will be plunged into a technological fantasy with eight plasma screens that show over 7,000 music videos in a night. Leap onto the dance floor, which is illuminated by a huge glass globe, spurting out rays of light. Each weekend, the club opens its doors to fashion shows and local celebrities and they don't close till 5a, so you can get down to it into the wee hours!
814 West Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60607 +1 312 455 8114
Jose Cuervo on the rocks, Chiles Rellenos (stuffed peppers), Fajitas and Tamales are just some of the items on the menu. This taqueria offers a great variety of uniquely made Duck Tacos, Shrimp Fajitas and delectable Tamales. Listen to the Mariachi music and enjoy some of the yummiest food in town. Make sure to keep room for dessert, because you certainly don't want to miss the lip smacking Flan with ripe berries. You can also host private parties in their party room.
832 West Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60607 +1 312 787 7600
Recipient of the 'Best Chinese Restaurant' award in Chicago, Dragonfly Mandarin serves up some extraordinary concoction of sauces and unique dishes with immaculate presentation. Before dinner, don't forget to order one of their exclusive margaritas. A few of the chef's recommendations are Happy Family (a unification of prawns, scallops, beef, chicken, pork, crab meat and Chinese vegetables in a brown sauce) or Dragonfly and Phoenix (broiled whole Maine lobster with Honeymoon Chicken).
520 North Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60610 +1 312 777 1400
There's Jazz and Seafood to choose from at the Blue Water Grill. Items, such as Seared Sea Scallops with Truffled Belgian Endive, Asparagus, Semolina Dumplings, and Foie Gras Sauce is what you get here. And if that doesn't get your mouth watering, then the perfectly grilled NY Strip or Filet Steak sure will. Designed by the famous Yabu Pushelberg, this stylish place also has a Sushi Bar. The Jazz Bar on the second floor offers some great cocktails, wine and music.
800 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 +1 312 595 5600
To be or not to be, that is the question-if this famous line rings a bell, then pop on down to the Chicago Shakespeare theatre. This place is known for its high quality productions of the bard's plays. It is also the hub for new and original works by some of the country's exceptionally talented playwrights and directors. Highlights at this theater include Measure For Measure, Comedy Of Errors, Kabuki Lady Macbeth, and the classic, Romeo and Juliet. Viewers who are interested in knowing more about an upcoming play can attend the free introductory lecture given by cast members or a scholar. The Upstairs theater located in the Chicago Shakespeare theater, offers scenic views of the city's panorama. The theater hosts a number of concerts and events.
754 South Wabash Avenue Between 8th Street & Balbo Avenue Chicago, IL 60605 +1 312 427 0333
Buddy Guy, the guru of the electric guitar, is also the owner of this groovy club. Buddy Guy's Legends recreates the grungy feel of blues dives during the days when blues was just becoming popular. A favorite part of this bar is the hall of fame, a wall that has some of the greatest musical mementos in the city, like Grammy Awards of Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy as well as the greatest of all mementos, the collection of guitars belonging to BB King and John Lee Hooker. Therefore, this joint is much more than just a place to hang out and drink, it is a way of life, surrounded by the sweet sound of the blues and jazz. So if you're into music then this may just become your favorite watering hole!